Surprise! We’re breaking our every-two-weeks rule with a special new episode of Random Acts of Kindness by VIP Limousine!
Our social media manager, Philip Keeve, hit the streets of Salt Lake City with videographer Brianna Platt and a group of local church volunteers to go pass out cookies in Salt Lake City and spread some cheer! Check out the clip above.
If you like what you see here, have a cause you want our help with, or have any questions about our charitable efforts or services, contact us by email or call us!
Over this past weekend, we had the pleasure of helping Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with a fundraising festival for quinceañeras on Sunday. Our chauffeur Greg brought a decorated limousine with a group of young ladies showing off their finest dresses and graces. Check out the video above!
Under most circumstances, “Going Local” does not focus on chain businesses based in other states, especially when it comes to food. However, we at VIP Limousine will make an exception without hesitation when it comes to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Why? Simply put, each location is unique and we personally recommend their restaurant for a delicious and special night out. So we would like to explain why we, like the local KSL NewsRadio host Doug Wright, recommend Ruth’s Chris.
Each individual establishment of Ruth’s Chris has its own atmosphere designed to take in the surrounding area and themes to fit in. The Salt Lake City location (pictured below) is nestled in the heart of downtown, and has a modern style inside and out to meld into the city.
Once inside, the restaurant bathes its guests in dark wood, bright linens, and modern finishes which rival the class of any other high-end establishment. Guests feel right at home with their hospitable service and even the private dining area. See for yourself!
Northern Utah does have a special blessing, however; we are home not just to one Ruth’s Chris location, but two! Tucked up high in the Wasatch Mountains is the Ruth’s Chris Steak House Park City, located inside of Hotel Park City along Park Avenue. This location is right next to the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort and delivers mining-town charm and luxury in spades at the same time. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City itself, making it quite accessible from the Wasatch Front.
Stepping inside the Park City location continues the local design theme. Along with the crisp white linens and high-end place settings is ski lodge decor, complete with natural rock and wood. The dining room windows open up with a spectacular view of the mountains, giving an airy feel to the space.
After all of this talk about appearance, atmosphere, location, etc., why does VIP Limousine highly recommend Ruth’s Chris?
It comes down to the food. At each of these two locations, the food is consistently stunning. Since 1965, the restaurant has operated with extraordinarily high standards at every location, sourcing the finest in meats and catering to each customer to make each experience mouth-watering and memorable. We can vouch for the goodness of their steaks, which arrive still sizzling and with simple seasoning allowing the flavors of the meat to speak freely with every bite.
Their other courses are no less desirable. The drinks are freshly-squeezed and other plates are cooked to order where appropriate. The chefs treat the side dishes with great care, allowing flavors to pop. And of course, there’s a dessert on the menu for every appetite…even if you’re stuffed, you’ll somehow manage to make room for more!
With unique locations, consistently high service standards, and glorious food, we at VIP Limousine don’t hesitate to recommend Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Our clients are regular and satisfied patrons of both Utah locations, and we count ourselves among those who have had the pleasure of eating there. So get dressed up; grab a significant other, family, or friends; climb aboard a classy ride; and be transported into the world of great steaks at Ruth’s Chris.
So far, VIP Limousine has explored some fairly obvious parts of why we love Salt Lake City and are proud to call it home. But as we continue on our virtual tour, we want to highlight one that might get overlooked. That area is the rather simply-named 9th and 9th neighborhood, and there’s a good reason why the locals love it.
The area gets its name from the intersection at its heart, which is the meeting point between 900 South and 900 East; locals refer to these streets more simply as 9th South and 9th East, based on Salt Lake City’s grid system and street naming methods. It’s also at the intersection of two Utah Transit Authority bus lines, the 9 and the 209. The shops are all small, independent, and local, and include a gelateria, a jeweler, dry cleaners, a pub, and an independent movie theatre, The Tower, run by the Salt Lake Film Society.
The focus of the neighborhood is around one particular corner, so everything is easily walkable. It’s also well-decorated, with a lot of custom pieces standing in for otherwise standard utility fare. This includes the bike racks and the street lights, as well as decorative concrete around the crosswalks and sidewalks. You can tell this place is special to its local residents.
If you want to escape from Salt Lake’s downtown, we recommend having a look at 9th and 9th for a unique flavor of our hometown.
Nestled on a street corner near downtown is a small establishment. It’s not much to look at initially, it seems, but a closer glance is not only revealing, it’s fully merited. Pig & A Jelly Jar is a funky, charming restaurant full of southern flavor and charm, with local attitude and fantastic food.
Founded by a restauranteur from the south who now calls Utah home, Pig & A Jelly Jar is a newcomer to the Salt Lake City dining scene. After a fire within its first year of operation, the business rebuilt the destroyed section of the building and kept on moving forward. This did not stop them from starting to serve up great food.
The restaurant sources from local growers and producers and does all of their work in-house. Their orange juice, for example? Fresh-squeezed.
Everything on the menu is available at all business hours, and they have a great special on Thursday evenings. A particular favorite is a Pennsylvania Dutch and soul food hallmark: chicken and waffles. This is a staple in southern cuisine, originally sourced from the Belgian/German influence in New York and Philadelphia as well as African-American heritage and culinary history. The rendition at Pig & A Jelly Jar is definitely worth a try. And by the way, it’s the aforementioned Thursday evening special.
We at VIP Limousine, love to highlight what our other local businesses offer, and Pig & A Jelly Jar has become a favorite amongst our staff and families. Give them a try and be prepared to be blown away by one of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City. They also have a new location in downtown Ogden with the same charm and menu, beginning to spread the gospel of southern food along the Wasatch Front.
If you’ve ever wondered “What is a limousine?”, we might be able to help! At VIP Limousine, we have the largest fleet of them in the state of Utah, but a limousine may mean something a little bit different to you or me. In fact, the term meant something very different in the earlier days of the car, and sometimes still does, but for different reasons.
The term “limousine” is a word with French origins. It comes from the administrative region of Limousin in France, disbanded and reorganized in January of 2016, and refers to a type of hooded cloak worn by inhabitants of the region. The earliest limousine vehicles somewhat reflected this in that many of them left the chauffeur exposed to the elements! The vehicles only had a roof over the passenger compartment. If the chauffeur was lucky, sometimes there was a detachable cover which could be fitted between the B pillar and the windshield. In time, as the vehicles became increasingly upscale, the roof extended over the entire interior of the vehicle.
In many countries around the world, the term “limousine” stands simply for a standard sedan body. In England, these are referred to as “saloons.” As soon as they are stretched, though, our U.K. friends also refer to them as limousines. This includes the long-wheelbase models of standard cars, such as the Audi A8L, for example, where the manufacturer inserts several additional inches of legroom without requiring any extra customization.
In the United States, “limousine” almost always refers to a stretched luxury vehicle, whether it is done by a coachbuilder or the manufacturer. Some examples include the Lincoln Town Car Executive L and Signature L, which were lengthened versions of the standard Town Car sedan and were often fitted with extra luxuries. A multitude of coachbuilders have made many stretched Town Cars over its 30-year lifespan though, including Executive Coach Builders, which is a supplier of the VIP Limousine Fleet. Some of these vehicles come from the factory with special built-in points or features to help make limousine manufacturing easier. With the Lincoln MKT crossover SUV, for example, Ford puts plugs in the wiring where the vehicle gets cut and then also supplies a connector cord to put between them once the vehicle is stretched. Chrysler keeps the beltline of the 300 sedan flat and level with the ground below in order to make fitting the new windows and body easier. It also helps keep the styling clean.
In recent years, the limousine market has included demand for SUV limousines. We see them in the forms of the Hummer H2, Hummer H3, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, Mercedes-Benz G Class, and some specialty SUV options such as the Range Rover, Audi Q7, and Infiniti QX80. However, with the exception of a few and with the impending production of the new Lincoln Navigator, the SUV limousine market is thinner than it once was. Bling is out; discretion is in.
This is where limousines, too, can really shine. Enter the new Lincoln Continental. Even in the 1960s, this low-slung machine was a stately king of the road, but it wasn’t flashy and it didn’t stand out. It did, however, have leading-edge comfort and those sweet suicide doors, and was one of the last four-door convertibles ever to come off of a production line. The newest Continental is not a convertible, but it is definitely a vehicle of presidential qualities. The sleek styling and commodious, high-quality interior, especially in stretch limo form, make for a truly unique experience. Lincoln gifted the new Continental with LED lighting, slim door handles, a powerful and efficient engine, and the latest in technology for a quiet, luxury ride. In standard wheelbase form, the Continental really shines with its still-generous interior proportions and luxurious features. It also highlights a move to build in extra legroom as standard without having a special “L” model for more space.
But beating the newest rendition of the Continental to the punch was an unlikely source: Mercedes-Benz. When the coachbuilders discovered they could make the humble Sprinter van into a full-scale luxury party bus, they took off in appeal. The Sprinter is now easily one of the most popular limousine vehicles for several reasons. First, they’re extremely easy for anyone to get in and out of, thanks to the massive sliding door, generous steps, and the wide entryway between the seats. Second, with the space in the back it’s easy to move around inside and get situated. Plus, it’s very easy to customize thanks to all of the space within, so they’re very much limousines in terms of style and design. Third, because they’re built by Mercedes-Benz, the powertrains are endlessly reliable, so the limousine companies are able to use them for a long time and keep running costs lower. They’re also cost-effective because they don’t have to be stretched…they’re already massive! With the new Continental back on the market, Mercedes-Benz has work to do keeping the Sprinter relevant, but it opened up a new niche for limousine clients.
At VIP Limousine, to us, a limousine is a statement. It is something which speaks of fun, celebration, coming together, enjoying company, a special occasion…really, it’s whatever YOU use it for. That’s what it means to us. Whether the vehicle of choice is a traditional Town Car, an updated Continental, an imposing SUV limousine, or even one of the Sprinter party buses, a limousine is all about you and your experience.